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17 Butt Exercises that Are Better for Your Glutes Than Squats

The Healthy Logo By Emily DiNuzzo of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 19: Step aside squats; there are plenty of other butt workouts that are better for isolating the glutes. Don't get us wrong, squats aren't an inherently bad exercise. They are excellent for your quads, the front thigh muscles of your legs, and your back muscles, too. Squats improve the overall strength of the lower body, and the movement also allows you to maintain tension in your glute muscles. (Your glutes are three muscles that make up your butt: the gluteus minimus, gluteus medius, and gluteus maximus.) But the classic squat move might present a few challenges and shortcomings, especially if your goal is to work out your butt. For some people, squats put too much stress on the knees and back. And to get the most glute activation out of a squat, you need to know how to squat correctly. Your butt must be lower than parallel with the floor—a range of motion not everyone can achieve. Squats focus on going up and down. In everyday life, however, we also move side to side. So it's important to target other muscles that are part of the glutes to move well. Squats should just be one tool in your arsenal for glute growth. Here are the other tools or glute exercises that experts recommend implementing into your butt workouts.

The best butt workout moves for your glutes

Step aside squats; there are plenty of other butt workouts that are better for isolating the glutes. Don't get us wrong, squats aren't an inherently bad exercise. They are excellent for your quads, the front thigh muscles of your legs, and your back muscles, too. Squats improve the overall strength of the lower body, and the movement also allows you to maintain tension in your glute muscles. (Your glutes are three muscles that make up your butt: the gluteus minimus, gluteus medius, and gluteus maximus.)

But the classic squat move might present a few challenges and shortcomings, especially if your goal is to work out your butt. For some people, squats put too much stress on the knees and back. And to get the most glute activation out of a squat, you need to know how to squat correctly. Your butt must be lower than parallel with the floor—a range of motion not everyone can achieve. Squats focus on going up and down. In everyday life, however, we also move side to side. So it's important to target other muscles that are part of the glutes to move well.

Squats should just be one tool in your arsenal for glute growth. Here are the other tools or glute exercises that experts recommend implementing into your butt workouts.

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